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‘Looking Good, Feeling Fit’

The Wrens have had a brilliant half term! We have been exploring lots of different sensory and tactile materials and have enjoyed our new sensory story for our ‘Looking Good, Feeling Fit’ topic. We have had so much fun!

We have enjoyed our sensory story ‘My Five Senses’ and have responded very well to the different objects, materials and foods used in the story. We have been concentrating on one sense each week and over the sessions we have shown preferences for different tastes, feelings, noises, smells and the features of how each object looks. We have loved using sensory paints with different smells and textures added and painting and exploring with a different fruit each week.

This half term we have been exploring movement art. The children have used different media to make marks and create a piece of art work. They used their feet to paint, textured balls to splat onto a large piece of paper, painting with marbles and cars, moving paper in marbling ink and water and printing using natural man made materials.

In Maths we have been exploring time – fast and slow. We did this through music and playing on the drum. We have experienced number through Jack’s Game and the adapted bikes and through using the light boxes and jelly numbers, using our eyes to track. We have experienced preposition through using different materials such as: sand, shaving foam, flour and sugar and finding objects inside, on top of and underneath the media used.

In Science we have been taking part in different experiments. The children have explored all the different materials and foods needed for the experiment separately and then observed them mixed together using different methods. They melted large ice domes using salt and a hairdryer; made rainclouds using shaving foam, water and food colouring; made volcanos using vinegar, baking soda and glow in the dark paint; used different materials and placed them into water to observe if it sinks or floats and dripping coloured water into oil.

The children have really enjoyed the Live Music sessions and have been very engaged. They have been communicating through music during Intensive Interaction sessions. The children have showed much enjoyment and have gained lots of different experiences.

It’s hard to believe we only have a half term left now! The year has gone so fast! We are looking forward to a fun-filled last half term.


How You Can Help at Home

‘Trains, Planes and Automobiles’

The following activities are suggested as appropriate homework activities which you can enjoy with your child and reinforce the learning we are focussing on this half term –

  • Explore more objects in lots of contexts with your child
  • Share books related to our topic, touchy feely books and books with sounds are great
  • Explore sensory materials together, encourage hands in and exploring and looking down at what they are feeling
  • Play with toys and tactile materials that encourage grip – holding on and squeezing
  • Encourage your child to follow objects in different directions
  • Listen and interact with music and instruments, encourage them to play instruments independently
  • Play cause and effect games with your child e.g. bowling
  • Encourage your child to use their voice in response to yours
  • Take them out in different weathers to feel the effect on their bodies
  • Encourage your child to push and pull objects
  • Watch and listen to different air shows on a computer, iPad etc.

Sign of the Week

At Kingfisher we use Signalong as a part of a Total Communication Approach, we are constantly using core vocabulary with the children to support their language development and then through each of our topics we introduce new signs and language, which extends their vocabulary further. We also have two “Signs of the Week” which helps maintain and extend key knowledge and skills of everyday vocabulary.

Each half term we will be creating a short video showcasing and demonstrating our ‘Signs of the Week’ for the current term so that you can learn the signs and further this learning at home.

To view this signs of the week for this topic please watch the video below


Lunchtime

If your child has a school dinner, the school menus can be accessed by clicking here. For children who bring a packed lunch, please remember to provide healthy and balanced options. We are a Healthy School and will be focussing on healthy eating and how children can make healthy lifestyle choices.


Click here to download our parent guide for this term: Wrens – Parent Guide – Trains, Planes and Automobiles